Sensation: received the first ever “live” photos of a black hole

A detailed photograph of a black hole were obtained in the framework of the project Event Horizon Telescope

Evgeniy Opanasenko

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A black hole looks like a blurry orange spot coffee

Wednesday, April 10, the national science Foundation of the United States introduced the world to the first ever image of a black hole, captured “live”. The picture shows a supermassive black hole at the center of a giant elliptical galaxy called M87, located at a distance of about 55 million light years from Earth. This object has incredible size – about 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. The figures were released at a press conference, which was broadcast on YouTube channel of the National science Foundation.

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The first ever “live” the black hole

The uniqueness of a photograph that before this, every image of a black hole was a simulation or illustration based on theoretical data about the observed objects. A detailed photograph of a black hole were obtained in the framework of the project Event Horizon Telescope, which unites in itself 8 powerful telescopes. This event is 100% proof of the existence of these enigmatic astrophysical objects – early black holes for 50 years was the theory.

The actual image of a black hole, which was an inexhaustible topic of discussion Einstein and Hawking, has become a reality. The peculiarity of these objects is that inside, they cease to apply any known laws of physics, in which time stops, disappears, all matter and light, ceasing to exist in the known physical world and leaving behind only memories.

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“Confrontation of theory and observations is always a dramatic moment for the theorist. We have experienced tremendous relief and pride when he realized that the observations so well in line with our estimates,” commented astrophysicist Luciano Rezzolla of the University. Goethe in Germany.

Looks like a black hole

A black hole looks like a blurry orange spot coffee. The object itself is in the middle, swinging a giant. In fact, we can’t see black hole itself, because of its massive gravity does not allow to reveal any detectable radiation, so it looks as opaque space.

The supermassive black hole in M87 active which means she is surrounded by a huge accretion disc is orange in color, consisting of very hot, swirling gas and dust, slowly falling into a black hole. This disk emits tremendous amounts of radiation. As the disc rotates, it looks brighter in those places where it is closer to the observer, and fade with the sunset beyond the black hole. This effect was even predicted by the theory of relativity.

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At this stage the image is obtained with a high enough resolution to measure the speed of rotation, but the team of the National science Foundation may say that it rotates clockwise.

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We will remind that earlier in our galaxy has found a “pipeline” out of the black hole. The space telescope “Hubble” captures a giant picture of the Universe size 664 megapixels

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Сенсация: получено первое в истории "живое" фото черной дыры

Сенсация: получено первое в истории "живое" фото черной дыры

Сенсация: получено первое в истории "живое" фото черной дыры

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